Indian Movies Hitting Pakistani Cinema
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaabil are likely to hit theatres in Pakistan on Monday after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif finally signed the summary/policy prepared by a special committee on release of Bollywood films in Pakistan.
Under the policy once a film is imported the distributor will have it reviewed by the ministry of information and central censor board before it is released in cinema halls.
The Shah Rukh and Mahira Khan-starrer Raees has created lot of interest and hype in Pakistan where no latest Indian film has been released since last September when relations between the two countries deteriorated.
Both the films hit theatres in India on January 25.
Cinema owners in the meantime are surviving on screening of old Indian films including Salman Khan’s Dabangg, Housefull, Freaky Ali and Baar Baar Dekho after various cinema owners decided to start screening Indian films again but couldn’t get NOCs for release of latest films.
The Pakistani cinema owners had themselves voluntarily decided to suspend screening of Indian films after Pakistani actors were stopped from performing in India last September.
While Pakistani cinema owners are looking forward to release latest Indian films like Dangal, Raees and Kaabil to recoup their losses, they are worried that illegal screening of these films through pirated DVDs could lead to major box office losses.